Trainers differ on Lasix use

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
The often hotly debated Lasix question took another new twist in North American horse racing last Friday evening. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess. My guess is nowhere, but anyway, a group of 25 trainers, including some of the biggest names in the business, issued a statement advocating for a gradual phase-out of raceday medication, which essentially means Lasix.

Popular Stroke Play tournament expands field

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Interest in the annual Capital Stroke Play golf tournament is so high this year that event organizers have decided to expand the field beyond the top 40 on the Capital Region Amateur Golf Association point list.

Pletcher still puzzled by Palace Malice's flop

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Trainer Todd Pletcher didn’t have much to say on Saturday.
He didn’t have much more to say on Sunday, either.

Guillot knows when to be serious

Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
There’s peeling back the onion. Then there’s hacking it in two with a razor-sharp cleaver and dumping the raw halves in boiling stew water. Owner Mike Moreno of Southern Equine Stables promises that if you take the time to wash off the dirt, then tug and pick your way through the tough, pungent layers of his trainer, Eric Guillot, it’s possible to get to the center of something sweet.

Take talent over voodoo

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
The MacGuffin for “Voodoo II: Electric Juju Boogaloo” is hanging from a tree on the Oklahoma side of Union Avenue.
Same producer, same director, same cast of characters, same set. Hell, same caterer for the crew, with an updated menu.
Same plot? Spoiler alert: No.

Amsterdam resident recalls time at ballpark concession

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
A small company in Broadalbin made the hot dogs for the concession stand at Mohawk Mills Park during the era of Amsterdam Rugmakers baseball games.

Filly's death a real tragedy

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Abby Adsit held it together.
Her filly, unfortunately, could not.
Saratoga Race Course patrons near the mouth of the horse path leading onto the track from the paddock were front and center for a bizarre, heart-wrenching scene on Wednesday.
NRBQ, subdudes exude joy, deep grooves

NRBQ, subdudes exude joy, deep grooves

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Saw two of my favorite bands from Saturday to Saturday: NRBQ in Pawtucket and the subdudes at The Egg.

Upper Hudson River normal after dredging

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Having fished the 14 miles of the upper Hudson River between Stillwater and Schuylerville at least a dozen times this summer, I’ve learned a bit about the dredging and its effects on the fishing. Based on the numbers and sizes of fish I’ve caught and released, primarily bass, everything is normal. Since 2009, when the GE dredging began around Fort Edward, they’ve worked their way down to the stretch between Locks 4 and 5. Dredging is around the clock, and when out there you’ll see a number of barges and work boats, both moving and anchored. Give them the right-of-way and keep on fishing.

‘Activist’ investing pays off for Icahn

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, sounded pretty pleased Monday afternoon, following that morning’s announcement that Dollar Tree will buy Family Dollar Stores for $8.5 billion in cash and stock.

Learning from her mistakes

Monday, July 28, 2014
Sheila Rosenblum was a ballerina who went through The Royal Ballet School in London and the School of American Ballet.
She was also a model, working for agencies like Wilhelmina (think Iman and Beyonce) and Ford (think . . . well, just grab every copy of People magazine from the last 20 years).
Because of ballet, there’s one segment of modeling that she is ill-equipped for: “I could never do a foot ad,” she said with a laugh. “I have the bloody toes to prove it.”
And yet, she never really knew from bloody until she dipped one of her powerful toes into the waters of thoroughbred racing ownership.

Tournament will honor VanAlstine

Monday, July 28, 2014
One of the friendliest yet most competitive female golfers in the Capital Region will be honored with a golf tournament in her name next month.

Wicked Strong keeps on giving

Sunday, July 27, 2014
There’s something perfectly Boston about how the word “wicked” has been twisted into something good. Something strong.

It’s mano a mano in credit for nano

Saturday, July 26, 2014
If you want to be in the center of Tech Valley, the day is coming when you’ll need to move to Fort Plain.

Parade sends wedding party outside for pictures

Saturday, July 26, 2014
An unintended consequence of Amsterdam’s victory parade at the end of World War II may have been to encourage a trend in wedding photography.

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